Youth Work and Addiction Studies

Award Title:  QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work

Programme Co-ordinator:  Jennifer Collins

Award Code:  5M4732

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme designed to provide learners with the essential practical and theoretical skills of youth work practice, the role of the youth worker and an insight into challenges facing our communities.

Component Awards:

  • Understanding Youthwork (5N1366)
  • Working with Young People (5N1384)
  • Young People and Society (5N2002)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Criminology (5N2107)
  • Community Addiction Studies (5N1834)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Adventure Activities (5N4646)
  • After School Support Skills (5N4465)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Mature applicants will be assessed on their relevant work experience.
  • Garda Clearance is required.


  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher education programmes in the fields of Social Studies, Youth Work, Social Care and Addiction Studies.
  • Opportunities to access employment positions in a range of community-based settings including Resource Centres and community projects, Youth Clubs, Activity Centres, etc.


Approximately €250 to cover the costs of textbooks, materials, examination fees and trips.